NASCAR & Auto Racing

Kyle Busch, Toyota run away with 8th win in 2008 Nationwide season

DOVER, Del. - Kyle Busch won another Nationwide Series race, but it was Clint Bowyer's comeback from a pit road incident that provided the biggest drama Saturday.

Busch held off Mike Bliss in a two-lap overtime to win the Camping World 200 at Dover International Speedway, his eighth series win of the season and 19th in NASCAR's top three series – Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Trucks.

Busch came out second behind Scott Wimmer following a pit stop on Lap 143, but quickly retook the lead on the next lap. He held on it firmly through three more cautions.

"It was a great effort by this whole team," said Busch. "It wasn't easy, but it was a pretty flawless day and it may have looked easy.

"I felt like our car was a great race car and it was great coming up through traffic, and we proved it wasn't just an 'out front' car. It would go anywhere on the track, high, low, wherever."

Bowyer, the series points leader, was involved in a pit road accident with Carl Edwards and David Reutimann on Lap 100. Bowyer and Edwards were exiting side-by-side when Reutimann pulled out of his pit and shoved Edwards into Bowyer, who then hit the pit road wall.

Bowyer's car suffered the most extensive damage in the incident and at one point was running 20th, last on the lead lap.

By the end of the race, following extensive repairs, Bowyer rallied to finish 10th and lost little of his series points lead over Edwards, who finished fifth. Bowyer leads Edwards by 186 with six races remaining. He entered the race with a 207-point advantage.

"This pit road is just tight. I was on the outside and got in the wall. It's tight quarters," Bowyer said. "That's what this team is about. We didn't give up. This is how you win championships."

Brad Keselowski finished third and Scott Wimmer was fourth. Busch led the most laps (157) and the race was slowed seven times for 34 of the 207 laps.

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